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to meet with leaders of the business world this afternoon politico is reporting that john boehner and his leadership team are making plans to meet with some of these very same executives. now the irony here is that obama and boehner still have no plans to meet themselves face-to-face. the two did meet before congress' thanksgiving recess along with the other two three members of the house and the senate. they had plans to meet again this week but still nothing is scheduled. it is not a great sign and shows that the two groups are practically incapable of working together. the last time obama and boehner tried putting together a big deal over the budget, that completely collapsed and this time around, the american people are getting less and less optimistic that congress will be able to reach a deal before the tax hikes and spending cuts kick in just 33 days. it is going to look bad for congress if they cannot get this done and some republicans are saying it's time to give in. politico's also reporting oklahoma representati
are meeting with the white house chief staff. john boehner is having some meetings with business leaders. meanwhile, the staff of the senate and the house and the white house are all meeting -- this purpose of avoiding the fiscal cliff which is now 35 days off or something. so first of all, two questions. how serious is it and what do you think is going to happen? >> it is potentially very serious that is if we hit the fiscal cliff and go over it and it stays in place. the deficit falls by $600 billion, the largest one-year reduction in history but will throw the economy back into a recession. unemployment will go from 7.9% currently to over 9%. i don't think that's going to happen. i do think we'll go over the cliff, not have a deal before it happens. i think it will be fixed shortly after this -- after they storm the castle with pitch forks and torches but this is potentially the worst fiscal policy since the end of the great depression when we went into an austerity program too early and threw the economy back i
. >> i didn't think this was a mandate. i agree your man won. but jim, the basic deal was, okay, john boehner acknowledging what this was. putting this on the table and he said this a million times in return for some. modest reform. while the biggest stuff waits for next year. if the democrats say it is off the table and if harry reid is trading bars with mitch mcconnel, what is up here. senator durban said, it shouldn't be ps deal. i don't think there is a bar gain to be had. it is a win win for alabama. he is going to get the tax hikes or the rb ares will say no deal and he gets the tax hikes which is what he will prefer anyway. that is a big pot of money he can use for whatever he wants. they are still not going to be a deal. baker, democrats saying there is no problem with social security, even though the piece in the "wall street journal" today said they are $20 trillion in the hole. they said they are $40 trillion in the hole. how can democrats argue that with a straight face. i know that stuff inside and out. most of those shortfalls are in the 22nd century. we don't have a big
john boehner needs to go. i think it needs to be a kevin mccarthy as well as in the senate. you know, we need new leadership. marco rubio would be a great senate minority leader, and it's bold, but we need the change in washington d.c. heather: but in the meantime, we have what we have right now, we are just a matter of weeks away, so what do you think they need to do, and do you think that president obama will take the lead with dwoarks this time around? -- with negotiations this time around? >> absolutely. and he has started to take the lead. he's met with congressional leaders, the ones that we have, and i don't think that those are going to change, and we're going to see another meeting the in just a few days. but what i think really needs to happen is that republicans are finally going to have to stop letting grover norquist and his pledge hold our economy hostage. and the great thing that we have seen in the last few days is that some republicans are finally saying, guess what? i'm actually going to put the country first instead of some pledge i took 20 years ago, for example,
it takes to communicate a sense of urgency. >> on the other side of pennsylvania avenue, john boehner says he thinks there is a way to avoid that cliff. >> it's time for the president and democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has, but i'm optimistic we can continue to work together to avert this crisis and sooner rather than later. >> and look who's coming to lunch. mitt romney will break bread with the president at the white house tomorrow. >> pledge of allegiance, anti-tax crusader grover norquist warns republicans against breaking their promise. >> it is possible if the republicans lose in such a way they've got their fingerprints on the murder weapon, then you have a problem. bush couldn't run again in '92 successfully because he had his fingerprints on a very bad deal, bad on spending and bad on taxes and he broke his word. >> what is alan simpson's message to grover? we'll ask him in a few minutes. >> how do you deal with guys who came to stop government or grover wandering the earth in his white robe saying he wants to drown government in the bathtub.
the president has to say today? >> reporter: speaker john boehner just had a news conference on capitol hill and he expressed frustration because he is saying look, republicans put some tax revenues on the table but what they see the democratic side trying to pull entitlement reforms like medicare off the table. john boehner basically saying he thinks the spending situation is sort of a freight train that is coming at the nation right now. republicans senator mitch mism the leader in the senate -- mitch mcconnell blasted the president of saying he is doing is too much campaigning and not governing. take a listen. >> it is over. he won. congratulations. we have a hard deadline here however. and it is still, he is still out on the campaign trail, kind of celebrating. this is the problem. if the president really wants to reach an dwreechlt he needs to be talking with members of his own party right here in washington trying to broker an agreement, not out there firing up crowds and giving speeches. >> reporter: now the bottom line when you listen to comments like that it is pretty clear both sid
and top republicans including house speaker john boehner are accelerating. but the white house must contend with members of his own party who are pushing back against proposals that significantly reshape entitlement programs like medicare and social security. white house press secretary jay carney said yesterday the president is open to compromise and should republicans make a realistic proposal on taxes, they will meet them halfway. >> math tells us that you can't get the kind of balanced approach that you need without having rates be part of the equation. we haven't seen a proposal that achieves that, a realistic proposal, that achieves that. the reality is, closing loopholes and ending deductions as an alternative to raising rates on the top earners, top 2%, those making over $250,000, sounds good, but you have to look at the actual contents of those proposals. >>> and a new poll shows the majority of americans do want compromise in order to avoid the fiscal cliff. 67% say a deal should be a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. and if no deal is reached by the end of t
the debt limit unless forced to by john boehner. >> and by the way, john boehner is talking about having to get the majority of a majority on tax issues. he's not going to get a majority of majority on debt raising. >> much harder on the debt ceiling than taxes. >> that's what i'm saying. i refuse to vote to raise a debt ceiling when they were trying to raise it to $5 trillion. it's something you don't do unless you get a lot of cuts on the other side. >> and it's not a game. because if you don't raise it, we saw what happened last time, you can get your debt downgraded and has real economic consequenc consequences. and that's why when people think about the fiscal cliff, we all assume that sane minds will prevail and they'll come up with some deal. there's no guarantee that sane minds will prevail. and recent history would suggest that sanity almost never prevails in washington. so you can assume it's going to be more difficult than we think. you can assume that the bush tax cuts might all go away for a short period of time. and you cannot assume they just raise the debt limit. you cann
john boehner. they are protesting cuts in healthcare they say but shows how any kind of spend wiing cut are nearly impossible these days and they are warming for the president's call to raise tax revenue. many democrats are emboldened since the election refusing to talk about any specific cuts to federal spending. >>> president obama and democrats ran on a promise of bush tax rates. president obama didn't hide that last year of the campaign every place he went that's what he talked about. americans when they voted raised their voices and supported our pledge congress acted in accordance with the will of the people. >>> there's a debate of how to raise taxes. if government spending isn't paired back in some way republicans may not fine off on a deal. >> oo we already know the president is a good campaigner. we congratulate him on his reelection. what we don't know is whether he has the leadership qualities to lead his party to a bipartisan agreement on big issues like we currently face. >>> big issues include things like medicare and medicaid. will those be part of a final we will see. t
] >> what about speaker john boehner's concept of a bridge deal, which could be a revenue package and tax reform and the new year that does bring in new revenue? >> i think it is a wonderful idea to have tax reform in the new year. i think john boehner keeps trying to soft and what the american people said on november 6. that is why i am so adamant against rejecting it. we need to use this moment to answer the call of the american people, which they said loud and clear on november 6. >> what do they plan to do to help the president? how much money do you plan to spend? >> we have joined with other organizations, labor and community, which started on november 8 with 44 actions a run the country. we were doing visits on the hill together. we just went up on the air with paid media to do education a run the the id -- with key states and we are bringing local leaders together to lobby congress the week after thanksgiving. then we will do another day of action on december 10. we have additional actions planned in the week of the 10th and the 17th. we will make a decision about what to do and w
package. we should not take ironclad positions. i would say john boehner has put together pretty good package and has been conciliatory in his language. host: that was yesterday. we are asking republicans what you think about indications from some republicans that they are willing to break their anti-tax pledge. here's the washington post story -- we will go to the phones to hear from kiev and, joining us from stafford, virginia. good morning. caller: good morning. if you listen very carefully, peter keane and even saxon chambliss and lindsey graham all said the same thing. we want revenue and are willing to generate revenue, but not by raising taxes. it is very simple. the president does not want to -- the president only wants to tax the rich because he said it during the campaign about 1 million times. millionaires and billionaires. a family of two that makes $250,000 a year are not millionaires. the problem is we are not opposed to revenue. we are opposed to a tax increases. lindsey graham said exactly that and peter king did too. it is against raising taxes. there are other ways t
speaker john boehner said he would prefer closing loopholes and tax deductions rather than raising rates. martha: thank you very much. bill: the budget negotiations with congressional leaders started a few weeks ago with president obama barack obama calling for $1.6 trillion in additional tax revenue over the next decade. treasury secretary timothy geithner argues that you cannot raise enough revenue to reduce the deficit by only limited tax breaks as some republicans argue, some senior republican aides they say believe a likely compromise would generate about a trillion dollars in new tax revenue possibly by limiting the deductions. martha: part of this whole equation. any future spending cuts should come gradually warned the global economic watchdog so as not to derail the already weak recovery. the group predicts the economy will grow a bit next year but at a slower rate than originally thought. we are really in a very slow growth pattern. they are projecting 2% next year compared with 2.6% which was the forecast from a few months ago. that kind of gross does not get you up off the ma
the podium all set up there. we understand that eric canter and john boehner are going to be part of this press conference. the gop leaders going to talk about jobs and the eeky and probably more about the strategy dan lothian just laid out. when they begin speaking we'll take you back there live. >>> also today president obama meets with chief executives of some of the nation's biggest kms. you heard dan say that. all to gauge how the looming tax hikes and spending cuts could impact business. you may not recognize the faces of these ceos but you'll certainly recognize their companies -- coca-cola, at&t, home depot, macy's among the iconic brands. they represent everything from retail to manufacturing to finance. all right. time for round two. ambassador susan rice will try again to smooth things over with republicans. right now rice is meeting with senator susan collins and at the top of the hour will sit down with senator bob corker. they will examine why rice told americans the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was spontaneous and not al qaeda related. rice is most likel
, though, is that president obama did reach out to house speaker john boehner. he is the republican, the senate majority leader harry reid the democrat over the weekend, perhaps to try to jump-start the talks. as of now, as the house of representatives comes back today, as the senate came back yesterday, we're still very much in limbo on the fiscal cliff. >> here's something else we know. some major republicans have come out and they say that they don't feel bound by the americans for tax reform pledge. most recently we saw house majority leader eric cantor. do you believe more republicans will stick by this? >> what we're finding out right now zoraida is that there's a little bit of coming to jesus moment about how to fix the fiscal cliff. for republicans perhaps it is going to be higher taxes. for democrats there's going to have to be some changes to entitlement reform. but grover norquist has been really the person pushing this no tax pledge, has been on our airwaves. he's been talking a lot about it. let's hear what he had to say about republicans who might break the pledge. >>
moore, editorial board, good morning to you, steven. >> hi, good morning. >> john boehner is clear, he does not want to raise rates, he wants to give in if at all on deductions and write-offs saying they can essentially write off the same amount for the treasury, what should republicans do here? >> it's an interesting dilemma the republicans find themselves in, dave. most of them, as you know, have taken this no tax pledge, which is the pledge to voters that they won't raise taxes on anybody, and so, now president obama is saying we're going to raise the taxes on the rich and he won't sign any bill that doesn't have a tax increase on the rich, so, the two parties are still at logger heads. i personally think given the still fragility of this economic recovery, the economy still isn't sputtering on one cylinder now, and high unemployment. it doesn't make sense to me to raise taxes on businesses or investors. that's where we stand right now. i don't see an agreement anytime really soon because the two sides are still so far apart. >> i'm a betting man, steven, would you imagine that the
of representatives, the honorable john boehner. >> ladies and all men, good afternoon and welcome to the capital. this is a great day for the american people, and we are happy to welcome you here today. gold medals are the highest level of appreciation for distinguished achievement. the first congressional gold medal was awarded to general george washington in 1776 for liberating the city of boston. today, we will present a congressional gold medal to aung san suu kyi in recognition of her efforts to liberate the people of burma. today, we celebrate her steadfast commitment to democracy, stability, and human dignity, and we do so in a manner worthy of her ideals. nancy pelosi initiated the measure of awarding this metal and republican george w. bush signed into law. his wife, former first lady laura bush, is with us today, as is her predecessor, secretary of state hillary clinton. coming together in mutual respect, a step from the chambers where we passionately debate the issues of the day that has become almost second nature to us. but it is a blessing, and we will hear over and over during the
powerful than speaker john boehner. norquist is more powerful than boehner. it feels as if the air went out of the compromise zeppelin. hey, like the graph zeppelin, like, lakers. retail, now we're hearing that there wasn't as much follow-through to the initial sales from thursday night. i think it's nonsense, but mo macy's and costco were tagged with huge loss es today. i believe the holiday sales are far are flat-out strong. amazing numbers from apple, like a rocket since it hit the 505 level last week. terrific ipad mini sales. wasn't that a product the doom and gloomers had rin owritten o still born a few weeks ago like the iphone 4, by the way? i believe the chinese momentum is lasting. europe, total black box. one being minimized in its importance for american companies. the fis acal cliff, i saw a ste backward in positions. those who think rising above is a political judgment, when it is a judgment about the need to rid washington of politics. that even a fool knows it's ruining this great country. bottom line, get a deal on the fiscal cliff, we go higher, maybe much higher, aided by
are accelerating between president obama and top congressional leaders, including john boehner who was on the phone with the president over the weekend. the white house's pr campaign is being buoyed along by warren buffett who is voicing support for tax hikes for americans just like him. >> i think it would have a great effect in terms of the morale of the middle class who have seen themselves paying high payroll taxes, income taxes and then watched guys like me end up paying a rate that's below that, you know, paid by the people in my office. >> joining me now is wisconsin's republican senator ron johnson. senator, it's great to have you with us this morning. and as we talk about what's taking place in washington, d.c. right now, the million dollar question is all concerns around senators lindsey graham, saxby chambliss, congressman peter king among other republicans who said they'd be willing to break away from grover norquist's anti-tax pledge. will you say if you're willing to break that pledge in order to save the country from the fiscal cliff. >> hello, thomas. and first of all, i signed that
on the phone with senate majority leader harry reid and john boehner over the weekend. and besides carney says, the president has to talk directly to the american people. >> it is vitally important that ordinary americans actively engage in this debate because the outcome of these negotiations and the hopeful product of these negotiations are the product that we hope emerges from these negotiations will profoundly affect their lives. >> so is the president, the missing ingredient to really nailing down a fiscal cliff deal? could he end the drama right now if he stayed put in washington and held a series of face-to-face meetings with reid, mcconnell, boehner, and pelosi instead of his planned meetings this week with small business owners, business leaders and middle class americans, not to mention a trip scheduled for friday to pennsylvania. a state he won by five points in the election, to sell american voters on a tax plan he has very loudly and clearly said he's already sold them on. mark warner is a member of the senate's bipartisan gang of eight. they've been working to develop a deficit r
at a factory in pennsylvania. the house speaker john boehner's office today announcing something similar. congressional republicans holding events in washington as well as back in their home districts to frame the president's tax plan as a threat to new hiring. but some republicans as you know are already hinting they're open to eliminating deductions even if it means breaking that pledge that the lobbyist grover norquist has been getting law makers to sign for years. joining us now to talk about it all, grover norquist, president of americans for tax reform. grover, thanks very much for coming in. >> good to be with you. >> the trend we're seeing now from members of congress questioning or pushing back on the pledge. we've seen it before to a certain degree, but we're seeing a lot more of it i sense right now. there's a sense this movement is gaining some steam. is this just more of the same, in your opinion, is there something different going on right now? does any of this surprise you? >> well, so far, what we've seen is the same people who two years ago got in front of tv cameras and
are leaving it to speaker john boehner and the house. the republican negotiating position and the president representing the democrats in the house and the senate. to make the -- to present the -- their conclusions to the rest of us to evaluate and vote on. but it has to be voted on in the house of representatives. the republican house members need to support it for it to pass. in the senate, it is not just enough for 51 democratic senators to be supportive. the rules permit the minority to have some rights -- until the rules are changed. as a result, we do have a voice. it has to be something that is acceptable to the senate republicans, as well as house republicans. >> have you seen any indication that senator harry reid wants to cut -- any spending? >> no. >> none? >> you never get him to talk about reducing spenning by a dime. it's always about adding revenue. they are not even satisfied to have more money. they have to specify where it comes from. rich people have to pay it as a result of an increase in tax rate, otherwise, we don't want it. now, that's -- that's kind of theology, rath
: that is your congressman? caller: yes. john boehner and nancy pelosi need to get together, organized all the votes they need to pass the bill that is already passed through the senate, which is the 250,000 and below, maintain the bush tax cuts. if they did that and went ahead and passed that bill, that would put the issue of the other foot -- the shoe on the other foot in regard to congress would show good faith in the effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. that would force the democrats to seriously look at fiscal reduction. it would demonstrate the fairness aspect of the rich paying a little more. but it would force the democrats to seriously look at entitlements. this could really be a big step in avoiding the fiscal cliff and would give confidence, makes for a good holiday season. it is the thing to do. john boehner and nancy pelosi need to get together, get the votes, and pass the senate bill. host: i want to take you to the republican line. pat in richmond hill, georgia. caller: good morning. yes, overall, in the long term, i have a lot of confidence in the u.s. economy. short-term, as
norquist has had the republican party enthralled for the past 20 years. john boehner, tom coburn, even former president george bush, the first president bush, have basically said who's grover norquist? and they're right. jon: democrats, monica, have said president obama campaigned on this idea of raising taxes for couples making over $250,000 a year, and he won. therefore, that's what the country wants. >> well, look, this is not about grover norquist. this is about the path that the republicans should be taking. look, there are two key, core, sacred principles at stake here at play for the republicans. one is not to raise taxes and the other is cutting spending. if senator chambliss wants to go down the road with the democrats, he's welcome to it, but there will be a price to pay, especially in the very conservative state of georgia. he will likely be primaried and likely lose -- jon: you think he gives up his seat if he goes for this? >> probably, because he is in a conservative state. but remember, the problem here is not a revenue problem. the democrats have dominated the narrative
this really is taxmaggedon. >> you heard it there, maria. house speaker john boehner says that he wants obama care on the table in this fiscal cliff negotiation. the president has said he's willing to thereon any good ideas. i'm not sure if he's going to think this is a good idea. you think he might listen to this one? >> i think he'll listen, but i think at the end of the day, it's going to be what are in the details. i think what we need to remember, what came out of this election, the clear mandate of this election was two things. number one, for our leaders to come together in a bipartisan manner to put everything on the table, to find real solutions. number two, that the majority of americans agreed with president obama's vision of one of the ways to fix the fiscal cliff had to be to put new revees and to raise the tax rates of the wealthiest americans. president obama won eight out of the ten wealthiest counties in this country in this election, randi, which means even the wealthiest understand they have to put some skin in the game. so i think that going into this, i applaud senator ch
to actually bring a vote up to in the senate. i believe that john boehner is ready to work with them. address the higher immigration immigrants. we need engineers and doctors in this country. right now our policy is shipping here to be educated and then back home. >> heather: and they did make it clear after the election they were ready to get serious about overhauling the nation's immigration system, republicans, that is, and top priority for hispanics. so is taking up the stems jobs act in the lame duck session a first step in that direction. >> if you remember the great movie what about bob? the way to successfully rehabilitated go yourself was baby steps. what this congress and this president i believe need to do is taking baby steps together. i think the stem act is something that most people in congress and most people in the country agree on. i hope they can come together to get this done. >> heather: do you think they will come together and that part of immigration reform a small step will pass? >> i think they have to come together. whether you piecemeal it or do an overhaul. you can
they are likely to get a big deal. it seems that republicans leading on this, like john boehner, like lindsay graham frankly, they're signaling they want to have a big deal. think in the coming three months or so, we'll probably see something pretty big from them. >> doug? >> i agree. i think that they are going to do a bit of a kick the can. but in the interest of getting a deal that people can live with and selling it well, the president is getting outside of washington to go to the american people on this. he needs time to do that well. so i don't think kicking the can down the street is a bad thing, it might help them accomplish something. >> back in a moment, everyone, with everyone's must-reads. s ar. oh no, not that, not here! [ male announcer ] antacids don't relieve gas. gas-x is designed to relieve gas. gas-x. the gas xperts. wears off. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at >>> we're back with the big three. it
? >> reporter: yes. >> thousands over the years. >> reporter: he keeps them all on file. here's john boehner's pledge, signed 20 years ago. if somebody signed this 10 years ago, 18 years ago, 20 years ago, are they still bound by it? >> when you got married, did you wife think there was an expiration date on that pledge? >> reporter: he says anybody is doomed. but with the fiscal cliff just months away, and a re-elected barack obama insisting that tax increases must be part of any budget deal, key republicans are now talking about ditching the pledge. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if democrats will do entitlement reform. >> reporter: even republicans who say they are willing to violate the pledge say they will only do so by closing loopholes, not by doing what the president wants to do, which is raising tax rates. >> so, the sides, still far apart. meanwhile, we heard about susan rice, the ambassador going up to capitol hill today, to meet with many of her critics. and it does appear that some of the crit
's stupid. >> john boehner said no rates are going up two weeks ago. >> so the other one is total gridlock, which looks possible at this point. >> then you get a fiscal cliff scenario. that's when those cuts actually kick in and there is no other way to say it. it will be pretty bad. you'll get tax increases and budget cuts. some fiscal conservatives would say that's the economy, which is only growing at 2%, would take such a jolt. i think the markets could do down below 10,000. >> your third scenario would be a grand bargain. what would that look like and would this be good for obama's legacy? >> it would be great for his legacy. he believes his legacy is about fairness. one of the things he has run on, follow him economically, i'm very concerned about it, is this notion of tax fairness. that the rich have gotten richness while the poor have gotten poorer. there are statistics that back that up. but he doesn't really take into account the economic impact of raising those upper rates. it's more than upper rates that he wants to raise, it's taxes on dividends, capital gains to pay for obam
% of americans. >> house republican speaker john boehner says the gop is looking for a deal that cuts spending and closes tax loopholes and some deductions rather than raising tax rates. back to you guys in new york. >> steve: all right. north lawn of the white house, thank you. >> gretchen: see how we all got the blue memo? we all look so nice together. she had on a blue scarf. >> brian: the question is, what is laura ingraham wearing. >> steve: i know one way to find out. >> gretchen: oh, yellow. hail to sweden. >> steve: how are you? >> hey, guys. nice to see you. >> steve: what did you make of this, the white house is saying unless the republicans roll over and do everything that the white house wants with this fiscal cliff at the conclusion of the year, you mean old republicans will ruin christmas economically for the country? >> yeah. it's the gop who stole christmas. who is going to be narrating this? who will play the dog with the fake antlers? it seems we've seen this special before. the sky is always falling when president obama wants to cram down legislation or initiatives without r
to say. [video clip] >> he spoke with john boehner. by the weekend and he will meet with them at the appropriate time as well as nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. so the process that he began is continuing. recanting you to be optimistic that a balanced approach is achievable. we know what the solutions are. it was senator who said that in an op-ed, one benefit of all of the debate said we have had any discussions over the past couple of years is that we know what the parameters of a balanced solution for these challenges look like. and they include both spending cuts and revenues and entitlement reform. they have to have -- all three legs of the school of got to report of that. >> jay carney at the white house. was asked about the idea of going off the fiscal cliff. alan krueger, the chairman of president obama's economic advisers, he spoke about what would happen if we go off this so-called fiscal cliff. in this report put out by the white house, american consumers will spend 200 billion less in 2013 if the fiscal cliff is not averted according to this white house report. ja
. here's john boehner's pledge signed 20 years ago. >> reporter: if somebody signed this, 10, 18, 20 years ago are they still bound by it? >> now when you got married, did your wife understand there was an expiration date on the promise? when you borrowed money for your house, did they extend -- oh, geez, that mortgage? that was ten years ago. you're still asking me for money? if you make a commitment, you make a commitment. >> reporter: the pledge is the biggest obstacle to any deal that would raise taxes. with a budget crisis on the horizon and re-elected president insisting on tax increases, some republicans are thinking the unthinkable. ditching the pledge. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. >> i am not obligated on the pledge. >> the world has changed and the economic situation is different. >> reporter: and while virtually every republican in the past signed it, nearly a third of the newly elected house republicans refused to sign it this time. republicans ditching the pledge could be a big step toward a deal with the president. and on
in the summer of 2011 when they tried to get a grand bargain with john boehner. he will negotiate with the congress. we'll go out campaign style. it never ends . gretch mentioned twitter, they have launchhed a hash tag my 2 k to get people to explain how it impacts them. it is turning out to be a dud. >> brian: two things to be noted. dick durbin gave the encouraging quote. everything should be on the table. we have to get ourselves out of i had to read it three times because he is number two ranking democrat. and i read behind the scenes, it is a disaster in terms of negotiations moving forward . the word they are using is pathetic about the lack of progress. >> steve: logger heads. >> gretchen: which is what i am talking about. this is the quote that steve hayes brought up on the special report on fox news. when president obama was first elected he talked about how to bring down the deficit and campaign promise to cut it in half and he would do it by focusing on entitlement reform. >> steve: there is the national debt right now. >> gretchen: why doesn't he bring the people to th
. plus protesters showed up naked, look at that. that's house speaker john boehner's office. they were demanding on a serious front demanding funding to fight aids. >> oh, my goodness. >> seven of them will be joining us, fully clothed i'm hoping, to talk about what sparked their protest, what they're hoping to gain, plus she sold 100 million records in a decade. a career that spanned five decades, dionne warwick is our guest. going to talk about her new album, my father is in love with dionne warwick so he'll be all excited about that. much more coming up this morning on "starting point." >> did you invite your father in? >> he can watch it on tv. of course. >> we'll be getting up -- >> oh, my gosh, soledad. thanks. >> you bet. >> black ice and snow causing some trouble after yesterday's storm in the northeast. now, new storm's rolling into the northwest this morning. alexandra steele with the extreme weather center where -- putting the extreme in extreme weather. >> it looked pretty yesterday for a minute. >> oh, i bet. six inches in portions of new jersey. so we've got two things ha
: there was a follow-up phone call with house speaker john boehner, but a much different approach this week. the president's calendar is packed with sales pitches to the public, which he hopes will strengthen his hand in negotiations with republicans. on monday a white house report on the impact of middle class tax cuts on the economy. tuesday, a meeting with small business owners. wednesday, meetings with middle class americans and ceos from some of the country's biggest companies. and friday, a road trip to a pennsylvania manufacturing plant. this approach did not escape the attention of senate minority leader mitch mcconnell who questioned the president's leadership on these fiscal challenges. >> in other words instead of sitting down with lawmakers of both parties and working out an agreement, he's back on the campaign trail presumably with the same old talking points that we're all quite familiar with. >> reporter: but white house spokesman jay carney insisted the president is fully engaged in getting an agreement while taking his case to the public. >> so to suggest that we should now
] >> ladies and gentleman, the speaker of united states house of representatives, the honorable john boehner. [applause] >> good morning, everyone. welcome, my colleagues, the leaders and the two chambers and my colleagues from the house and senate. certainly arnold and his family and friends. jack and barbara nicklaus, and fellow golfers here and around the world. arnie, i'm going to tell a couple of golf stories and we'll get around to giving you the gold medal. what makes this metal unique is that any american can win it. whether it be a general, an artist, and astronauts, or an athlete. you can start out selling paint and end up receiving congress's highest honor. not bad for an honest they's work. throughout his life, he's been a model of integrity, passion, and commitment. these are the attributes of a great golfer, and a great american. arne will tell you, it has never been about winning. he won the amateur championship back in 1964. that turning point, as he called it. there was something about the way he walked, attack the ball. asked about that, arnie said, everyone wants to win, b
to yield one minute to the speaker of the house, the honorable, john boehner. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the speaker. the speaker: let me thank my colleague for yielding and i rise in strong support of h.r. 6604 and commend my colleague, the gentlelady from california, ms. pelosi, for sponsoring this resolution. tip o'neill needs no introduction to this body. those respect and admire tip's record, and his long shadow he cast over the people's house. we all know his best known fame, all politics is local. it's certainly true today as we propose to name a building right here at the foot of capitol hill, a stone's throw from this great dome, in honor the our 55th speaker. this is one of those moments when you wonder how the honoree would feel. especially when it's someone like tip who never quite held back his opinions. perhaps he would have enjoyed seeing leaders from opposite sides of the aisle come together to give him a well deserved hurrah. surely he would have gotten a kick of being flanked by a building named after hubert humphrey and jerry ford, also leaders fr
, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. gracious god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. you have blessed us with all good gifts and this past week with grateful hearts we gathered with family and loved ones throughout this great land to celebrate our blessings together. bless the newly elected members of the 113th copping who resume their orientation on capitol hill. give them call and confidence as they prepare for a new role as servants of our nation's citizens. bless the members of the people's house who have been entrusted with the privilege to serve our nation, all americans in their need. grant them to work together in respect and affection and to be faithful in the responsibilities they have been given. at the end of the 112th congress approaches and much is left to be done, bestow upon them all the gifts of wisdom and discernment that in their words and actions they will do justice, love with mercy, and walk humbly with you. ma
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